Thursday, November 12, 2009

Eating Animals

An inspiring book by Jonathan Safran Foer called Eating Animals has hit a nerve with Foodies, Sustainos and Farmers. Indeed, a head-turning title that reveals the truth and challenges associated with our modern day meat-friendly diets. His book is part of the on-going documentary and educational trend complimenting Food, Inc., King Corn, Omnivores Dilemma, and The Future of Food. (I highly recommend seeing and reading all!). Each has a common, scary theme that points to corporate profits and the mass production of food, much of which is genetically modified.

This human food experiment becomes more real and "in your face" as the author documents the human costs of factory farming consisting of the dangers for slaughterhouse workers to the environmental effects of mass meat productions. He details how large amounts of pig shit, commonly sprayed into the air, is linked to increasing human respiratory problems as well as the mutation of new bacterial strains from antibiotic overuse on animals. While that is only scratching the surface on our nation's food conundrums, he takes a deeper look into our belief system associated with the symbolic relationship of food and traditions. To see the video and interview with Ellen, click here.

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